IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 27, 2015) - Plaza Bank (OTCBB: PLZB) is pleased to announce it has promoted Al De Grassi to Senior Vice President-Group Manager, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. De Grassi will be responsible for the growth and maintenance of Plaza Bank's portfolio quality across the Orange County and Las Vegas markets.

Mr. De Grassi has worked for Plaza Bank since 2009, most recently as Senior Vice President in the Bank's Irvine office, where he generated and provided banking services to small, predominantly family-owned businesses in Southern California. During that time, he helped develop key client relationships and build a large portfolio of deposits and credit commitments.

"Al has been instrumental in helping Plaza Bank grow our business throughout Southern California, and we look forward to him helping to further strengthen our position in our additional key markets," said Gene Galloway, President and CEO of the Bank. "Al epitomizes the strong leadership and performance that has kept Plaza Bank at the forefront of community banking in our region."

"I look forward to working with our relationship management teams in Orange County and Las Vegas to sustain and build on the momentum Plaza Bank has created in these markets," Mr. De Grassi said. "Our team approach to executing a focused, niche strategy; will enable us to continue providing the best solutions to small businesses, further driving the growth and success for the Bank and our clients."

Mr. De Grassi has been involved in community banking since 1983. He earned his B.A. and M.S degrees from the University of California, Irvine, and remains active in various business and community organizations. He and his wife, Susan, live in Laguna Hills and have four sons.

About Plaza Bank
Plaza Bank is a full service community bank serving the business and professional communities in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bank is committed to meeting the financial needs of small to middle market businesses and professional firms with loans for working capital, equipment and owner-occupied commercial real estate financing and a full array of cash management services. Our bankers are experienced, professional and knowledgeable. For more information, visit

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Media Contacts:
Gene Galloway
President and Chief Executive Officer
(702) 277-2221 or (949) 502-4309

Erich Bollinger
Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer
(949) 225-3704